Ice Bubbles! A fancy ice formation as water froze when tumbling from one of our ponds in the winter of 2017 / 18! It’s generally thought that a cold snap decreases the risk of pests and diseases overwintering. With such a mild winter (so far) this year get ready for an invasion of pests like greenfly! Here at Bocombe the birds have been singing their spring territorial tunes for a couple of weeks. Our Magnolias are almost in flower… All wildlife must have survived well during our current mild winter!
Tucked away among our thousands of trees is a Hermitage where Simon the Hermits lives. When approached he’s a friendly chap and will cheerfully show you round his Hermitage and adjacent Shell Grotto. Having lived in the valley at Bocombe, as he says “since before time began”, he’s very knowledgeable about the Mystery of St Bocombe, and the rest of the world!
Visit the gardens at Bocombe Mill Cottage to explore what many an Estate owner in the 18th century paid handsomely for – a live Hermit! Check Simon out here,